Bafana Bafana

Bartlett calls for Bafana focus

2014-11-11 11:10
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Cape Town - Shaun Bartlett has urged Bafana Bafana to focus on the task at hand as they prepare to face Sudan in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, and not let emotion control them as they prepare to play without Senzo Meyiwa for the first time.

The weekend's clash in Durban is sure to be an emotionally charged one as South Africa turn out for the first time since their captain was killed.

There has been much talk of winning the match for Meyiwa, but according to Football411, Bartlett believes that the team's thoughts should only be on their fallen leader once they have got the job done. Meyiwa's club side, Orlando Pirates, struggled on their return to action, and with this in mind Bartlett has urged caution.

"It’s important for the players to know that their destiny is in their own hands. They should not be concerned with what happens in the other group game. They should just win. The last thing they want is to go to Nigeria in their last group game needing to win," Bartlett has been quoted as saying by the Business Day.

"They have to win first and then dedicate the win to Meyiwa. We saw what happened with the Pirates game. It’s easy to lose focus and forget about playing the game. We have to get a win at home."

South Africa currently top qualifying Group A with eight points from their first four matches, one point clear of Congo and four ahead of Nigeria.

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